LAUGHLIN, Nev. -- Some people say this tiny city on the western
shore of the Colorado River with inexpensive rooms and restaurants
resembles Las Vegas in the good old days.
The destination attracts nearly 5 million visitors annually who
have a choice of 12,885 hotel rooms. Similar to Las Vegas, which is
90 miles away, the hotels and resorts here often have distinctive
themes and styles.
But unlike Vegas, Laughlin is perhaps better known for
low-stakes gambling than it is for high rollers. Its room rates are
Rates start at about $25, and clients should find they won't
have to pay any more than $75 a night. Inexpensive dining is
another attraction in this city of 8,000.
Following the lead of Las Vegas, which initiated buffet dining
on a grand scale, nearly every resort here offers all-you-can-eat
spreads. Breakfasts are usually less than $3, lunch is less than $4
and most dinners are under $5.
Specialty champagne buffets, at many hotels, can cost more. Some
of the hotel/casinos also offer gourmet restaurants. Laughlin's
hotel-casinos also offer Vegas-like entertainment but on a smaller
Willie Nelson, for example, is a regular at the Riverside
Resort. And also Vegas-like, some of the casinos are a draw in
themselves. A steam engine winds through one resort property,
shuttling customers from parking areas to the hotel/casino.
Sun-worshippers are attracted to an ocean-style sandy beach on
the river's edge of another high-rise. For nongamers, there's
tennis and golf. Trophy-size striped bass are commonly caught in
Following are some facts that clients might want to know about
hotels and casinos here:The Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino has six state-of-the-art
movie theaters, a 70-vehicle classic car collection, convention
facilities and a full hook-up RV park with 800 spaces. Earlier this
year, the facility added a 34-lane bowling alley and supervised
children's day care.Guests at the Golden Nugget Laughlin can relax in Tarzan's
Lounge, which is nestled in a man-made tropical rain forest under a
30-foot high glass-enclosed atrium.Granny's Gourmet Room at the Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall
has won gourmet awards. The hotel has a 250-seat banquet and
meeting room.The dining room at the Regency Casino, which specializes in
steak and ribs, is open around the clock. It serves breakfast
anytime.The River Palms Resort features a South Atlantic/Bermuda style.
Besides its 65,000-square-foot casino pit, the resort has five
restaurants, six bars and lounges, an outdoor pool and an indoor
health and fitness club.The 22-acre Colorado Belle Hotel/Casino is shaped like a paddle
wheeler. The decor is 19th century Mississippi riverboat.Guests at the Ramada Express arrive via a steam locomotive that
circles a large parking area. There is also a locomotive-shaped
pool. The resort is the permanent home of "On the Wings of Eagles
-- A Tribute to American Heroes." The hourlong multimedia show was
designed by Disney.Harrah's Laughlin has a sandy, ocean-style beach fronting the
Colorado River.A 3,000-seat Flamingo Outdoor Amphitheater books spring and
fall concert acts at the Flamingo Hilton Laughlin. The hotel's tour
boat, Celebration, also is used as a floating wedding chapel.The Avi Hotel & Casino operates a harbor-marina complex on
the Colorado River. The complex has a beach for swimming, a boat
launch ramp, fuel dock and dockside concessions. The Edgewater
Hotel & Casino has Laughlin's largest buffet, a steakhouse, a
24-hour coffee shop and a deli.
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